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Old 11-08-2012, 10:39 AM   #1
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http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/1870...e-the-2nd-law/

Popular “band” Muse have returned once more to the increasingly reluctant ears of the populace with another single. They have thrown their hat into the ring once more, and this time, the ring throws their hat back.
Once known for their Radiohead-lite artistic flourishes that combined histrionics with art school sensibilities, they then settled in for a multi-album stretch of sounding exactly the same. The singer guy yelled the same way in all songs, the guitars sounded like Michael Bay movies looked in all songs, and the production was so tight it sounded as if it had been squeezed out of a unicorn’s asshole.
All of this was fine: you could, at the very least, ignore it. Muse went from indie darlings to stadium fillers and then to the increasingly awkward “we can keep filling stadiums without actually doing anything different other than sounding like Kiss for engineers” phase. This time – though – they’ve come back with fucking dubstep.
But that isn’t their biggest flaw here, surprisingly. Oh no. It’s one thing to latch yourself to a fad as passing and one-note sounding as mainstream dubstep (make no mistake, this is as mainstream and as cookie-cutter as dubstep could ever sound). Perhaps their biggest flaw was the name “The 2nd Law – Unsustainable”… the song itself is completely fucking unsustainable. It is as if someone had simply turned on the Muse Songwriting Machine, turned it to the “dubstep” setting, and left the room and forgot about the result.
The song isn’t so much “bad” as it is just plain lazy – the sound of a band far too comfortable in their own groove for far too long. Perhaps the best way to describe “The 2nd Law – Unsustainable” is to imagine the conversation in the studio directly before recording it:
“Hey guys, let’s do something different.”
“Well, dubstep is popular.”
“I’ve got a caviar and cocaine meeting in an hour, lets get this over with.”
And, presto. There you have it.
Muse were once admired for their aural bravado and spectacle. “Unsustainable” is the sound of a band so bored with being a band that they will do literally anything to stay relevant, while being too lazy to actually change anything about their sound.
It is, for my money, the absolute worst song of the year. And I already heard Mumford & Sons’ new song, so that’s saying a lot.
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:42 AM   #2
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I don't really care about the review, thought that was just funny.
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:43 AM   #3
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I thought the production was quite good
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:54 AM   #4
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I was reading reviews just now.

I don't see that 'big divide' that was expected with the release of a song with dubstep elements. It was a mix of good reviews, bad reviews, reviewers who didn't quite know what to make of the song.

Overall, typical Muse.
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Old 11-08-2012, 11:38 AM   #5
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I was reading reviews just now.

I don't see that 'big divide' that was expected with the release of a song with dubstep elements. It was a mix of good reviews, bad reviews, reviewers who didn't quite know what to make of the song.

Overall, typical Muse.
I think I've actually seen more negative comments overall, more so than usual, from users here, NME.com (lol), and this article
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Old 11-08-2012, 11:38 AM   #6
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I still don't get how have of these reviewers have jobs. They're not exactly reviewing anything, just stating that they don't like Muse's tight production, seem obsessed with the dubstep section and nothing else and, are essentially idiots.
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Old 11-08-2012, 11:54 AM   #7
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Okay we get it. He doesn't like Muse. Not even any point this guy writing a review really.
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The only good thing of that article is his insult to mumford and sons. People who 'review' songs in this way shouldn't have the job.
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The only good thing of that article is his insult to mumford and sons. People who 'review' songs in this way shouldn't have the job.
Because insulting a band which isn't muse is a good thing
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Muse have hopped on the dubstep bandwagon — and wouldn’t you know it, like everything else the Brit rock trio churns out, they’ve done it in epic fashion. For a taste of Muse trying their hand at the biggest trend in EDM, check out Exhibit A: ’Unsustainable,’ the latest track unleashed from their forthcoming sixth full-length album, ‘The 2nd Law.’

Muse have always incorporated electronic elements into their epic sonic brew — 2006′s ‘Black Holes and Revelations’ especially wore its Depeche Mode influences on its sleeve – so a little detour down dubstep avenue isn’t the biggest surprise in the world. That said, frontman Matthew Bellamy and the boys have always attempted to stay one step ahead of musical trends, so seeing them try their hand at dubstep at a point so far back on the dubstep popularity curve does seem a little strange — and frankly, even a bit disappointing.

But forget all that for a minute and let’s get down to the important part: Does it work? We won’t get the whole picture until the entirety of ‘The 2nd Law’ is unleashed on Oct. 1 and we can judge ‘Unsustainable’ in the context of one segment of an entire album — Muse, after all, aim to release albums that fit together as organic wholes.

As a single track, they do pull off an adequate approximation of dubstep. Mashing together midtempo rock beats, a synth orchestral string section, samples of a woman talking about the imminent demise of our planet (via unsustainable energy practices, of course) and some soaring background vocals with all the grinding, bass-dropping warble effects that define dubstep, ‘Unsustainable’ seems all set to take over the dance floor, no remixing required.

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Because insulting a band which isn't muse is a good thing
Because insulting my least favourite band is a good thing

No, sorry, insulting any artist who has put effort and love into their music is never a good thing
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I still don't get how have of these reviewers have jobs. They're not exactly reviewing anything, just stating that they don't like Muse's tight production, seem obsessed with the dubstep section and nothing else and, are essentially idiots.
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“Unsustainable” is the sound of a band so bored with being a band that they will do literally anything to stay relevant, while being too lazy to actually change anything about their sound.
It is, for my money, the absolute worst song of the year.
Very true but for me The 2nd Law and Muse are 2/2 - with 2 tracks out, we already have 2 of their worst tracks ever and 2 absolute & solid contenders as worst songs of the year (with the Survival as one of the most horrible Olympics songs ever).
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